The New York Knicks are in a messy situation this offseason and don’t have much room to work with but there are a lot of players that the Knicks could still target through free agency.
Firstly the Knicks need to get big and need some rebounding talent. In the second round of the playoffs against the Pacers, it looked like men against boys in terms of rebounding and the Knicks will need to find some big men who can become role players for them.
The best place to start is across the river where a man by the name of Andray Blatche is hitting the free agent market this offseason. The Knicks should make it a priority to sign Blatche to a veteran’s minimum contract. You may think that a veteran’s minimum may be too little for Blatche but to him the money isn’t a huge priority right now. Blatche is just trying to find a right environment and after being amnestied by the Washington Wizards last offseason; they are still paying his contract.
What better atmosphere than a team full of veterans with a strong willed coach and a great fan base?
Now if the deal for Blatche doesn’t work out the Knicks could always look at a more defensive minded player in DeJuan Blair. At the tender age of 24, Blair can be molded into the player that the Knicks want him to be and could be a solid role player contributing off the bench. When the Knicks have to rest Tyson Chandler they could be assured that their defensive tenacity will not be lost when Blair hits the floor.
Now to address the Knicks’ guard situation.
The Knicks currently have one point guard tied down for the 2013-2014 NBA season. Jason Kidd retired and there is some doubt about Pablo Prigioni returning to the Knicks for his sophomore season. The Knicks should look to add an explosive point guard who can come off the bench and contribute and the perfect player to fill that spot is Nate Robinson.
Robinson left the Big Apple five seasons ago and has been a journeyman ever since but a return to New York would benefit not only the Knicks but himself. Robinson would only be earning a little bit over $3 million (mini mid-level exception) but he would be able to play under the spotlight of New York once again and would be allowed some offensive freedom in the second unit and would serve as motivation for Raymond Felton to up his game.
The Knicks need to do some work in the offseason but it can all be accomplished through some minor moves in free agency now that a solid wing player in Tim Hardaway Jr. has been brought in as has a tweener in C.J Leslie.
The Knicks are looking good but getting some big man help and a backup point guard will pay off massively in the long run.